Find of the Day: 23 August 2016

14 years ago, most businesses hadn’t even heard of 3D printing, let alone experimented with printing objects in material like plastic or metal. But one research institute was already laying the foundation for building its own 3D printer for an altogether more complex material: human tissue.

Tissue and organs transplants have been used in medicine for decades to help patients whose own tissue has become diseased or damaged — skin grafts for burns victims, for example, or using a piece of patellar tendon to replace a ruptured ligament. Typically they come from donors or are moved from a healthy part of a patient’s body to a damaged part, but scientists from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) have developed a prototype printer that could one day be used to print tissue sections designed to fit a person’s unique condition.


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There were black and white portraits hanging in the vestibule of the Human by Design conference. Within each baroque, gold leaf frame was a model sporting a futuristic, photoshopped prosthetic. They seemed well-suited to an event that was itself a sort of hybrid—part intellectual forum, part sales pitch. Courageous, CNN’s “branded content” shop, had assembled the day of panels, guest speakers, and documentary-lite fare alongside Square Enix, to buoy promotion of the latter’s upcoming game,Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Academics weighed the implications of transhumanism. Futurist artists sketched out the idea of “cyborg” as a self-identifier. Most strikingly, presenters showed off the bleeding-edge prosthetics and body modifications that enable them to grip, walk, see, and hear—in some cases even beyond normal human ranges.


Digital technology is taking over the world, and scientists are hard at work finding better ways to store data — lots of it and for long periods of time. Scientists are exploring new materials for data storage as well as new methods for printing data on their chosen medium. While some companies are storing data on the ocean floor, other imagineers look upward, dreaming of giant storage skyscrapers. With so many different innovations happening in such a short period of time, the race is on to unlock the keys to near-limitless data storage potential.



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